Call for UK adults to join Global Climate Strike

By Agencies
August 18, 2019

Organisers expect millions of people to take part in global climate strikes on the 20 and 27 September 2019, with a 'Week for Future' in between. It is  predicted to be the largest global mobilisation against climate breakdown to date, with people in 150 countries pledging to organise events. 

The week of events is arranged around the UN Climate Summit being held on the 23 September in New York, which aims to meet the climate challenge by accelerating actions to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Unions across the globe are building solidarity with the school strikers and are working on action plans to support the climate strikes.

Ali Shadjareh of the UK Student Climate Network, said: “Young people are calling for adults, from trade unionists to those working in the health services, right the way across the UK to join the Global Climate Strike in September.

"This will be a pivotal moment to make sure that those in positions of power hear our voices loud and clear; we need urgent action on the climate crisis immediately. Which is why we’re calling for equitable solutions like a Green New Deal that will have economic, social and climate justice at its heart. ”  

Harjeet Singh, ActionAid’s global lead on climate change, said: “Millions of people we work with are already living with the devastating consequences of climate change. For communities across South Asia struggling to survive extreme monsoon rains, floods and landslides, and those in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe whose farmland was destroyed by Cyclone Idai, the climate crisis is part of their everyday lives.

"Climate justice means supporting our sisters and brothers in the global south who are already suffering. It’s time for the wealthy countries who have done the most to cause climate change to step up by cutting emissions and providing finance for those most impacted.

"We’ll be working with young people, indigenous communities and rural women – whose experiences are too often overlooked – to rise up and demand climate justice.”

May Boeve of 350.org said: “Climate breakdown is one of the greatest human rights issues we face. It means food supplies failing, fuel shortages, dwindling access to drinking water, and homes being swallowed by the sea. It means forced migration and worsening resource conflict. It means more frequent and ferocious natural disasters.  Protesting against climate breakdown is about much more than emissions and scientific metrics – it’s about building a just and sustainable world that works for all of us.

"The world needs a global ‘green new deal’ that tackles the root causes of inequality and the climate crisis together. We need a deal based upon the principles of climate justice and universal rights for all.” 

Throughout the week, the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice will also take hundreds of actions around the world as part of its annual Reclaim Power mobilisations calling for the transformation of the energy system.

* List of locations across the UK taking part in the Global Climate Strike here

* UK Student Climate Network https://ukscn.org/

* Global Climate Strike https://globalclimatestrike.net/ 

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